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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Watch out for the in-state rivalries this week with both the Territorial Cup and the Civil War being televised on the Pac-12 Networks. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE will face each other for a three game series starting on Friday to see who can claim the cup. The Civil War will take place between OREGON STATE and OREGON with the first game starting at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, May 3. CALIFORNIA and STANFORD will have a battle in the Bay Area with the first pitch at 3 p.m. PT on Friday. WASHINGTON heads to UTAH  and UCLA will face non-conference opponent in CSU Bakersfield this weekend. Play begins on Tuesday, April 30 with OSU traveling to Portland State for a mid-week double header starting at 6 p.m. PT. Wednesday, May 1 brings several non-conference match-ups with Oregon facing Seattle for a double header and UCLA playing Loyola Marymount.

Wednesday, April 24
Utah at Southern Utah UTAH; 14-2
Utah at Southern Utah UTAH; 11-6
#16 UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara UCLA; 8-3
#17 Stanford at Pacific Pacific: 9-6

Friday, April 26
#23 Arizona at Oregon State OSU; 2-1
Utah at #17 Stanford STAN; 8-0
#10 California at #5 Arizona State ASU; 10-2
#6 Oregon at #16 UCLA ORE; 9-6

Saturday, April 27
Utah at #17 Stanford STAN 12-0
#23 Arizona at Oregon State OSU; 2-1
#6 Oregon at #16 UCLA UCLA 7-5
#10 California at #5 Arizona State ASU; 11-0

Sunday, April 28
#23 Arizona at Oregon State OSU; 2-1 (8)
#10 California at #5 Arizona State ASU; 5-3
#6 Oregon at #16 UCLA ORE; 7-5
Utah at #17 Stanford STAN 9-1

Tuesday, April 30
Oregon State at Portland State 6 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Portland State 8 p.m. PT

Wednesday, May 1
#5 Oregon vs. Seattle 1 p.m. PT
#15 UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount 2 p.m. PT
#5 Oregon vs. Seattle 3 p.m. PT

Friday, May 3
#17 Stanford at #12 California 3 p.m. PT*
Oregon State at #5 Oregon 4 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks
#3 Arizona State at Arizona 6 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks
#13 Washington at Utah 6 p.m. MT*

Saturday, May 4
#17 Stanford at #12 California 1 p.m. PT*
#13 Washington at Utah 1 p.m. MT*
Oregon State at #5 Oregon 2 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks
#15 UCLA vs. CSU Bakersfield 2 p.m. PT
#15 UCLA vs. CSU Bakersfield 4 p.m. PT
#3 Arizona State at Arizona 6 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks

Sunday, May 5
#3 Arizona State at Arizona 12 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks
#13 Washington at Utah 12 p.m. MT*
Oregon State at #5 Oregon 1 p.m. PT*
On the Pac-12 Networks
#17 Stanford at #12 California 3 p.m. PT*

Tuesday, May 7
#17 Stanford at Santa Clara 6 p.m. PT

All game times local to site and subject to change.
* indicates conference game
Rankings from USA Today/NFCA


• BROOM TIME: OREGON STATE claimed their first Pac-12 sweep of the season as they upset then-No. 23 in a three game series at home. The Beavers had not swept a Pac-12 team since the 2007 series when they took all three games from CALIFORNIA and it was their first ever sweep over Arizona. STANFORD and and ARIZONA STATE swept their opponents this weekend as well with the Cardinal topping UTAH and ASU claiming three wins over the Golden Bears.

• STANFORD STRONG: Stanford earned their first sweep of the season over a Pac-12 opponent this season in dominant fashion as they topped Utah in three straight run-rule games. The Cardinal allowed only one run on the weekend.

• NEARING THE END: With just two series left in the Pac-12 play for all teams the season in nearing the close and the Pac-12 title is up for grabs. Just five teams are in reach of the Pac-12 title with OREGON in the lead entering week seven of Conference play.

• MOVEMENT IN THE STANDINGS: Teams really switched up the standings this past weekend with only Oregon and Stanford holding steady at the No. 1 and No. 5 spot from last week to this week. The biggest jump was made by the Beavers as they went from last in the standings to No. 6 with three Conference victories on the weekend.

• MAKING CHANGES: The Ducks, Huskies, Cardinal and Utes are all guilty of large improvement in their Conference records in comparison to the 2012 season. WASHINGTON has shown the biggest change with a .317 winning percentage in conference play at this point in the season last year compared to a .667 percentage now. Utah went from .056 last year to .286 this year. Stanford has increase by .167 with a .333 earning last year and so far hitting 500 this year. Lastly, the conference leader is holding a .833 winning percentage for the 2013 season compared to last year's .579.

• IN STATE BATTLES: The Pac-12 will face many in-state battles this weekend as the Territorial Cup occurs between the Arizona as well as the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State. Both of these in-state rivalries will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks. California and Stanford will battle to see which school is the better in the Bay Area to claim the best in Northern California.

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